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Method of determining scope of location information based on user privacy settings

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015433D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 1 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This disclosure defines a method of determining the scope of device location information which will be returned based on user privacy settings in an application system where the application request is initiated from a wireless device.

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  Method of determining scope of location information based on user privacy settings

    This disclosure defines a method of determining the scope of device location information which will be returned based on user privacy settings in an application system where the application request is initiated from a wireless device.

The current privacy solutions for location based systems return a binary decision. Either all available location information is returned or no location information is returned. This disclosure, extends the existing privacy schemes by giving the user a choice of determining the granularity of location information returned, based on a user preference.

Users have a reluctance to have a 'big brother' watching over them and knowing exactly where they are. The same users may be less reluctant to allow someone to know their location in a more general sense, as specified by the user. For example an office worker may be comfortable in allowing others to know that he/she is in an group of office buildings as opposed to in an exact office. Greater user acceptance will make the adoption of location based services and applications easier and more acceptable where the user can control how "closely" they can be observed for specific locations.

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